PMRG members in good standing are welcome to use the PMRG name and logo to identify their membership. The PMRG name and logo are not to be used to state or infer that PMRG endorses or authorizes or in any way supports a product, service or event or any for other purpose, without PMRG's prior written approval. Written requests may be submitted to the Executive Director at least 20 business days before the proposed use.
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Sponsorships of official PMRG bi-annual meeting general assembly functions are available to all members under the following guidelines.
1. There are no permanent sponsorship spots. Requests for sponsorship are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
2. A fixed amount is paid to PMRG for the event for which recognition is made both at the event and in the meeting program. All arrangements are handled by PMRG. Attendance is limited to paid registrants and spouses/significant others. Most events are co-sponsored in an attempt to cover the majority of the expense.
3. A separate non-PMRG function is permitted in conjunction with an official PMRG meeting so long as it does not conflict with or overlap any PMRG function. The arrangements and payment for this non-PMRG sponsored function is the sole responsibility of the sponsor. The event must be open to all paid registered members, and their spouses. Also, the event will not be advertised in any PMRG meeting program or through verbal announcements. In addition to sponsorships, “goodies” for the registration bag are also welcome. Registration bag “goodies” must be approved in advance and meet the following guidelines:
1. Useful for a business purpose
2. Not easily breakable (no mugs allowed)
3. Not bulky
4. No duplication of items
The purpose of pre-approving the “goodies” is that no multiple items are permitted. For example, if your company agrees to provide highlighter/pen combination, PMRG assures you that there will be no other pen or highlighter in the bag. Registration bag “goodies” requests follow the same guideline as listed above for sponsorship guidelines #1.
ANTITRUST (as of March 9, 2008)
Federal antitrust laws forbid certain types of collusion and anti-competitive behavior. Because violations of the laws can lead to severe penalties, trade associations such as PMRG must ensure that their meetings do not become forums for the forbidden behavior (discussions) by both pharmaceutical companies and marketing research agencies. We are forbidden from sharing of information regarding pricing (especially with a view to engaging in price-fixing). We also are forbidden from discussion about dividing market segments among competitors. A more detailed list of the protections that we must enforce at our meetings includes:
1. Don't discuss current, future or past prices of particular researchers or pharmaceutical companies.*
2. Don't discuss any increase or decrease in prices of particular researchers or pharmaceutical companies.*
3. Don't discuss margins or what are perceived as fair profit levels.
4. Don't discuss standardizing or stabilizing prices.
5. Don't discuss pricing procedures.
6. Don't discuss discounts or rebates.
7. Don't discuss credit terms.
8. Don't discuss controlling sales by vendors -- as to either customers or levels of sales.
9. Don't discuss allocating markets (e.g., by territory or by type of customer).
10. Don't complain to a competitor that its prices constitute unfair trade practices.
11. Don't discuss refusing to deal with a particular company.
12. Don't attend a "rump" session where any of the foregoing may be discussed.
At the very first mention of a forbidden topic at a PMRG event, the people conducting the meeting must ensure that the discussion immediately ends.
* Pricing of pharmaceutical products may only be discussed within the context of generalized, de-identified phenomena, analytics and know-how pertaining to the discipline of pharmaceutical marketing research.